The Agency of Education will, when funding is available, help distribute grant funding, professional development, and technical assistance to support comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts in Vermont schools. Schools implement curricula, policies, peer leadership, intervention and referral services to promote student resiliency and reduce risky behaviors.
Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse Prevention in Schools
Comprehensive, School-based Alcohol and Drug Prevention - Recommended elements for school-based substance abuse prevention from the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Every two years, the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education sponsor the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Please visit Department of Health’s YRBS page to see the full reports for both middle and high school grades, along with supervisory-union specific reports and much more. Of particular relevance to substance abuse prevention are the following 2017 YRBS Data Briefs: Marijuana Use and Frequency of Electronic Vapor Use and Other Risk Behaviors Among High School Students.
Two lists of evidence-based programs to consult: Blueprints Matrix and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ list
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s “Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents”
The Agency of Education redesigned its grant funding approach in 2016. The new approach shifted from equal and universal funding to all supervisory unions and districts, to increased funding of $30,000 to 18 Supervisory Unions and Districts through a competitive grant process driven by the following criteria: youth smoking rate, poverty rate, adult (county) smoking rate together with the robustness of a six strategy work plan (Assessment, Policy, Curriculum, Teen Smoking Cessation, Youth Asset Development, and Community Engagement) to reduce both youth smoking and youth e-cigarette use rate by 5% by 2020, respectively and the SU/SD having in place an infrastructure for success to put the work plan into action.
Information about the Agency of Education’s new plans for the tobacco settlement funds for fiscal year 2021—including directions for applying for funding-- will be available in spring of 2020.
Current grantees only: Access information about your grant and provide reporting information by logging in to the Grant Management System. For technical help, contact us at AOE.GMSHelp@vermont.gov or (802) 828-1017
July 2019 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidance for schools
This recent publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides guidance to schools on best practices to prevent and address substance use among students, along with helpful guidance regarding the use of Medicaid and other potential funding sources to support this work.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents and NIDA’s Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
These publications provide an excellent overview of the risk and protective factors for children, from prenatal through late adolescence, and the corresponding best practices in prevention. This includes important guidance regarding developmentally appropriate practices and the importance of having a prevention program in place starting in early childhood education, rather than only in middle/high school.
VT Department of Health Resources
The Vermont Department of Health is responsible for an array of public health campaigns, advising, community and school-based grants, data collection, and other forms of substance prevention. This website provides some links to the work they do.
VT Department of Health's Electronic Vapor Product toolkit
Vermont Department of Health recently released this Electronic Vapor Product (EVP) toolkit which schools may find very helpful.
Prevention Works! VT
Prevention Works! VT supports the statewide network of community-based prevention coalitions. On their website you can find more information about the coalitions near you as well as policy updates and other statewide prevention news and support. Community coalitions are excellent partners for schools in carrying out prevention work.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s substance abuse prevention resources
Here you can find resources and information on prevention work at the national level.